Performance Center (Meadowmont Facility)

The UNC Wellness Performance Center (WPC), located in the Meadowmont facility, offers services such as treadmill or cycle-based VO2max/lactate threshold testing to establish individualized heart rate training zones, uses the CompuTrainer to analyze cycling efficiency, and conducts MicroFit Health Evaluations. The WPC also offers video-run gait and swim stroke analyses for sport specific exercise prescription. Performance services are available to athletes of all ability levels, and to members and non-members alike.

If you are interested in exploring ways to maximize your potential, please contact Kathy Deblasio at Kathryn.Deblasio@unchealth.unc.edu  or  984.974.2561.

Click the sections below to learn more about the services offered through the Performance Center.

VO2 Max and Sub Max Testing

VO2 max, or maximal oxygen consumption, refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise.VO2 max and sub-max testing provide data that can be used as a reliable indicator of aerobic capacity and cardio-respiratory fitness.

What the VO2 test measures:

  1. Respiratory exchange ratio (RER) which is the amount of CO2 exhaled compared to the amount of O2 inhaled during exercise.
  2. Blood lactate to determine lactate threshold (the point where blood lactate begins to accumulate faster than the body can metabolize or buffer it).
  3. Ventilatory Threshold – VT is the point when respiration increases significantly due to the accumulation and exhalation of metabolic by-products. It is closely related to the lactate threshold point.
  4. Anaerobic threshold or AT (the point at which the body must shift to its short-term energy supply (max test only).

The results of the testing are used to set personal heart rate zones to improve efficiency of training, assess your current fitness level, suggest ways to improve fitness and monitor improvements during your training cycles.

VO2 max and sub max testing (1 hour)

VO2 max testing takes the individual to a complete anaerobic state and maximum heart rate. Respiratory exchange ratio is measured through a 2 way valve worn by the test subject. Blood lactate is measured via finger prick at 2-4 min intervals during the test to determine the lactate threshold point (LT). Heart rate zones will be determined from max heart rate during testing, lactate threshold point and ventilatory threshold point(VT). Test can be performed on the treadmill or a bike.

VO2 Sub max testing takes the individual to 85-90% effort. Respiratory exchange ratio is measured through a 2 way valve worn by the test subject. Blood lactate is measured via finger prick at 2-4 min intervals during the test to determine the lactate threshold point(LT).Ventilatory threshold ( VT) is also determined from the data. Heart rate zones will be determined from the lactate threshold and ventilatory threshold points. Test can be performed on the treadmill or a bike.

A 12 lead EKG test will be included on any test when a physician is required to be present. Any individual considered at risk for a cardiovascular event will require a physician to be in the testing room or UNC Wellness Center.

Cost: $180 – $250

Metabolic Efficiency Testing

Metabolic efficiency testing is a sub max test that measures the amount of oxygen you are breathing in and compares it to the amount of carbon dioxide you are breathing out. By doing so it determines if you are efficiently burning fat as a fuel or using carbohydrate and gives accurate data to determine caloric needs during training or racing. Most people have anywhere from 30,000- 80,000 calories of fat stored in their body and can use it for energy. Teaching and training your body to work at the correct intensity to utilize stored fat allows you to train longer and harder without having to take in nutrition that can lead to GI distress.

There are 2 types of Metabolic Efficiency Testing:

  1. Incremental test (1-2 hour testing time)
    This assessment is the most popular of the 2 tests and provides information regarding the intensity (power, pace, speed or heart rate) at which the body uses fat and/or carbohydrate as the main energy source and when the “switch” between the energy substrates changes. A Becoming more efficient at tapping into fat stores for fuel allows you to train longer and harder without constantly fueling which often leads to GI distress and no fat loss (if that is the goal). This assessment identifies if you have a metabolic efficiency point (MEP) or not. It uses the data to set heart rate and RPE training parameters to achieve an MEP if non-existent or move your MEP to a higher heart rate and effort. Recommendations for training during base, build, race and transition periods during your training cycle are made as well as dietary changes if necessary. Consultation with a trained dietician is available upon request at an additional cost. The test is termed incremental because the speed (if you are running) or the power (if you are cycling) increases every 5 min after a 10-15 min warm up and continues until sufficient data determines the individual’s MEP. Retesting in 4-10 weeks is recommended to determine if MEP has improved with implemented changes.
  2. Continuous test ( 1-2 hour testing time)
    The continuous test is utilized frequently with endurance athletes who need to know their specific efficiency rate at utilizing carbohydrates and fats at specific heart rates, pace or power outputs prior to a race or event. It can also give valuable information as to why an individual is not able to successfully finish specific workouts in their training plan. The test can be performed on a treadmill or bike or a combination of both. The difference between the continuous and incremental test is the intensity. During the continuous test (after the athlete warms up) the athlete’s expected race/training pace is held for a specific duration (20-30 min). The continuous test data reveals the caloric expenditure at specific heart rates and intensities expected during an event and breaks it down into calories of fat and carbohydrates giving the athlete specific information for fueling on race day.
Cost: $150 members, $180 non-member

 

Metabolic Efficiency testing for the fitness enthusiast :

Are you looking to drop a few pounds, or maybe more than a just a few pounds?   Watching what you eat and exercising are obviously critical for your success.   However, too many people are either working out aerobically, too hard or too easy.  This test is an abbreviated protocol of our Performance Metabolic Efficiency Assessment and is ideal for people who want to maximize their body’s fat burning potential.

This assessment is an incremental test designed for the non-endurance athlete. It provides information regarding the intensity (power, pace, speed or heart rate) at which the body uses fat and/or carbohydrate as the main energy source and when the “switch” between the energy substrates changes. Becoming more efficient at tapping into fat stores for fuel allows you to train longer and harder without constantly fueling which often leads to GI distress and no fat loss (if that is the goal). This assessment identifies if you have a metabolic efficiency point (MEP) or not. It uses the data to set heart rate and RPE training parameters to achieve an MEP if non-existent or move your MEP to a higher heart rate and effort. Recommendations for exercise intensity based your exercise schedule and personal goals are made as well as dietary changes if necessary. Consultation with a trained dietician is available upon request at an additional cost. The test is termed incremental because the speed (if you are walking or  running) or the power (if you are cycling) increases every 3 min after a 10-15 min warm up and continues until sufficient data determines the individual’s Metabolic Efficiency Point( MEP) . Retesting in 4-10 weeks is recommended to determine if MEP has improved with implemented changes.

Cost: $150 members, $180 non-member

Run Gait Analysis

Estimates show that 70% of runners eventually become injured Many of their injuries appear minor, but they can become more serious over time if not properly treated. Even the smallest deviation from good technique can cause injury or decrease running performance. This is inherent to the repetitive nature of running and why proper running technique is important.

Your run gait analysis includes:

  • Muscle, joint and posture evaluation
  • Recommendations, observations & training advice
  • Video analysis of your run
  • A document reviewing the results of the videotape along with the skills and drills practiced during the analysis
  • Run Gait analysis package includes the initial analysis of your run and 2 follow up sessions with the running coach

What are the benefits of Run Analysis?

Small changes in your running form can make a big difference in training and racing. Frame-by-frame videotape analysis from different angles allows us to see imbalances that occur from misalignments of joints and muscles. Through basic body assessments, we’ll identify ways to optimally align muscles and increase range-of-motion. Leave with exercises and drills designed to make your running more efficient and enjoyable.

Cost:
Single Sessions: $75 members, $85 non-members
3-Pack: $175.50 members, $195 non-members

Swim Stroke Analysis

Your swim stroke analysis includes:

  • Muscle and joint assessment
  • Warm up
  • Videotape above and below the water
  • A review of videotape from the front, both sides, and back side of your stroke
  • Practice of specific skills and drills to improve, correct, and enhance the various parts of the stroke to help you become more efficient and faster in the water.
  • A document reviewing the results of the videotape along with the skills and drills practiced during the analysis
  • Swim stroke analysis package includes the complete analysis and 2 follow up sessions with the swim coach.

What are the benefits of Swim Stroke Analysis?

Want to be faster and more streamline in the water? Want to get more out of your swim? Then this service is for you! Actually see what your stroke looks like through videotape analysis that shows your stroke both above and below the water. Walk away with swim drills, sample workouts and specific ways to improve your strength and flexibility.

Cost: $75 members, $85 non-members

Spin Scan/Pedal Stroke Analysis

Our coaches use Spin ScanTM computer-based technology to measure power output at every 15 degrees of your pedal stroke, identify left and right leg power imbalances, determine overall pedaling efficiency and assess general bike fit. Interactive 3D software provides real-time feedback with excellent visuals (bar and polar graphs) to pinpoint your most efficient pedaling style through analyses of power, average torque angle and their effect on heart rate and miles per hour.

Power and Functional threshold (FTP) testing –Functional threshold power (FTP) is a key measurement for cycling performance. It is defined as the maximum average power a cyclist can maintain over a one-hour effort, functional threshold power is particularly important for time trial specialists and for short-course and Olympic distance triathletes who need to know how to pace their effort over thirty-to-sixty minutes.

Cost: $75 members, $85 non-members

Triathlon packages

The Triathlon package features 4 offerings:

  • Swim Stroke Analysis
  • Spin Scan or Functional Power Threshold
  • Run Gait Analysis
  • Strength training for triathletes – a training session that begins with a screening to assess your strengths and weaknesses, specific exercises demonstrated by the coach and practiced by you and a strength training program designed to meet your needs.

Cost: $255 members, $289 non-members